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194. Tiruppanaiyur


Location: Nannilam near Mayiladuturai, Nannilam
(Chola Naadu -South of Kaveri)
Shiva: Azhagiya nathar, Soundarya Nathar
Ambal: Periya Nayaki .
Vriksham: Panai
Theertham: Amrita Pushkarini
Patikam : Sambandar, Sundarar
Travel Base: Thanjavur
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Description: Tiruppanaiyur is  located in the vicinity of Nannilam and Tiruvisalur. Tiruppugalur is located at a distance of 5 km from here. It is considered to be the 73rd  in the series of Tevara Stalams in the Chola kingdom located south of the river Kaveri. 

Of the 275 Shivastalams  six shrines are associated with Panai maram (Palm Tree). They are Panaiyur, Panankattur, Puravaar Panankattur, Cheyyar, Tirumazhapadi and Tiruppanantaal

Legends: Paraasarar is said to have worshipped here. Shiva is said to have blessed Sundaramoorthy Nayanar with a vision of the cosmic dance here. Karikal Valava Cholan is said to have resided for 8 years in this temple. where he was protected from the scheming courtiers who plotted to assume the reins of his kingdom. Legend also has it that Mahalakshmi and the saptarishis worshipped Shiva here. The presiding deity is also referred to as Taalavaneswarar.

The Temple: There are two prakarams in this temple. The Tunaiyirunda Vinayakar shrine within the temple is of great importance. The patikams of the Nayanmars describe the splendour of this rather modest village during their times. There are 7 Sivalingams in the inner prakaram signifying the deities at Tiruppugalur, Tiruppayatrankudi, Virkudi, Tiruvaanjiyam, Nannilam, Tirukkandeeswaram and Ambar Maakaalam worshipped by the Saptarishis. There is also a small shrine to Taalavaneswarar. There is an image of Paraasara Muni, who is said to have dropped a small portion of the celestial nectar Amritam into the Temple tank, Amrita Pushkarini here. Three worship services are offered here each day.

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